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The Murray Basin Plan: from the past into the future (Free Hawke Centre event)


FREE Hawke Centre event

The Murray Basin Plan: from the past into the future

A panel session to inform and engage the South Australian community, including the Premier and other speakers

Wednesday 14 March 2012, 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start

Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West campus, Hawke Building (rear), 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide

While South Australia may be the State with the most at stake with regard to the Plan, it could be argued that it is also the State that has to work hardest to be heard.

Within South Australia there are a range of interests connected to the Basin Plan, but general agreement that even diverse interests can find enough common ground to support a united position that gets the best deal for the State. What are the issues we must grapple with in forming this position and what are the worthwhile compromises? Is the draft Basin Plan that has been released for consultation better than no plan?

This forum will bring together a panel of experts representing a range of interests – irrigator, environment and government – to discuss the critical issues surrounding the draft Basin Plan and to engage the community in furthering the State’s position. 

Panel Chair: Professor Chris Daniels, Barbara Hardy Institute, University of South Australia


  • Historical Overview: Dr Susan Marsden, historical consultant and author
  • Ecology of the Basin and the Basin Plan: Dr Tony Minns, Director, Goyder Institute for Water Research
  • State Government position: The Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia
  • State Opposition position: Mr Mitch Williams – Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Water and also representing the Leader of the Opposition, Ms Isobel Redmond

Stakeholder comment:

  • Lower Murray: Professor Diane Bell, Conservation Council SA
  • Irrigator: Mr Ben Haslett, South Australian River Communities Group

RSVP essential via or phone 08 8302 0215

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